Damon Harrison explains how Eli Manning is similar to LeBron James

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NFL players have spent a fair amount of time talking about the salaries of NBA players recently, but Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison found another angle to compare one of his teammates to one of basketball’s best players.

During a Monday appearance on NFL Network, Harrison was asked about Giants quarterback Eli Manning failing to make the network’s list, voted on by players, of the Top 100 players in football. Harrison said it “makes no sense” that so many players were rated ahead of Manning, although he said he’d vote himself out rather than make a comment about Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott being No. 14 after his rookie season.

Harrison went on to explain that he thinks Manning gets taken for granted, something he feels is also the case for Cavaliers star LeBron James.

“Eli, when you look at Eli, it’s kind of like when you look at LeBron,” Harrison said. “I’m not saying they’re the same, but look at Eli’s numbers. Any other quarterback would have those numbers it would be an amazing year, but, it being Eli, no one is respecting it much like we do LeBron. LeBron could average 30 [points], 15 rebounds and 12 assists and it’s like ‘he didn’t do enough.’ I don’t know what’s the deal.”

Manning’s numbers were down a bit from 2014 and 2015, but he still threw for more than 4,000 yards and completed at least 62 percent of his passes for the third straight year. The Giants offense as a whole was underwhelming, however, and Manning, like all starting quarterbacks, takes a hit when that’s the case.

It may not be quite the same as teaming up with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but the Giants hope adding wide receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Evan Engram helps the offense rebound in 2017. If it does, Manning’s stock will likely do the same even if the numbers don’t look all that different.

23 responses to “Damon Harrison explains how Eli Manning is similar to LeBron James

  1. Uhhh… I’m looking at Eli’s numbers. Based on those alone, he’s barely a top-ten quarterback, if that. I think it has to do with the fact that he can’t go a season without throwing what seems like an infinite number of interceptions.

    I’ll say this: the playoff game against the Packers, he played very well. His receivers just let him down with lots of drops. But typically, his game is a consistent above-average, and “the numbers” support that.

    When you want to compare someone to Lebron, try the other Manning.

  2. Never in my life have I seen a QB as lucky as Eli. 2 rings while being a mediocre QB for the majority of his career. You can’t explain this.

  3. all goober(gump is his older brother)does is close his eyes and throw the ball then gets hit…….and somehow this qualifies him as a LeBron type player ….am I living on upside-down world?????!!!!!?????

  4. I consider myself to be an educated man with diverse life experience. I don’t understand the comparison to LeBron or why it was necessary.

  5. Giants fan here. Seems like a bad comparison, because people will immediately say: “LeBron is the best basketball player, maybe ever, and Manning is far from that in football.” That certainly isn’t Harrison’s point. Harrison’s point is that both are held to a high standard given prior success, so both receive ho-hum response to strong performances.

    That said, it was a stretch of a comparison to make. LeBron is widely celebrated in a way Manning isn’t. It is hard to find a comparison for Eli Manning. The guy will retire in the top 5-6 all time in every major passing category, with at least 2 rings, yet is treated like he’s an average QB.

    Most people say that if his name wasn’t Manning, he wouldn’t have been given the opportunities he’s had. I think if his name wasn’t Manning, he’d be much more revered for his accomplishments.

  6. Even with the greatest defense and running back ever, Jim McMahon could only win one Super Bowl with the Bears.

    Yet Eli somehow lucks his way into two. Go figure.

  7. As a Cowboys fan who hates the Giants, I must say Eli does not choke when he’s in a championship game. James does.

  8. kayes says:
    Jul 10, 2017 10:49 AM

    “Never in my life have I seen a QB as lucky as Eli. 2 rings while being a mediocre QB for the majority of his career. You can’t explain this.”

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    It just goes to show you that sometimes just showing up is good enough. Eli has never been an elite quarterback. He rode two otherwise mediocre Giant teams who got hot at the right time of the season with an elite pass rush to the Super Bowl. Also, his numbers are pedestrian by todays standards and his game to game consistency is maddening. However, I will give Eli respect for his toughness and his ability to answer the bell. It’s apparent that his physical skills (above average on his best day) are declining that he still is going out there and laying it on the line every week. Whatever physical ability Eli lacks over his brother he makes up for it with his balls.

    He also has the tangibles (playing in New York, winning two Super Bowls, the Manning name) that is going to controversially get him into the hall of fame. IMO, his durability should be recognized but he has never been nothing more than a steady, above average quarterback.

  9. tb12x4 says:
    Jul 10, 2017 10:59 AM
    all goober(gump is his older brother)does is close his eyes and throw the ball then gets hit…….and somehow this qualifies him as a LeBron type player ….am I living on upside-down world?????!!!!!?????

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    fascinating, isn’t it?

  10. Kapodaco says:
    Jul 10, 2017 10:35 AM
    Uhhh… I’m looking at Eli’s numbers. Based on those alone, he’s barely a top-ten quarterback, if that. I think it has to do with the fact that he can’t go a season without throwing what seems like an infinite number of interceptions.

    I’ll say this: the playoff game against the Packers, he played very well. His receivers just let him down with lots of drops. But typically, his game is a consistent above-average, and “the numbers” support that.

    When you want to compare someone to Lebron, try the other Manning.

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    True.

    Gomer and Bron Bron will check out of games, pout, and throw teammates under the bus when they choke it down.

    Good point.

  11. Lebron is a stretch, Damon knows first hand that offensive line was trash PFF has them ranked 28th and they made the playoffs with a dominate defense. Mainly because they couldn’t run the ball, & Eli couldn’t hold the ball longer than 2 seconds & every team he played knew it. The OL has been an issue going back to 2010. Thats why most Giants fans are still wondering if he will even have any time to use all these new “weapons” he has. Does he make poor decisions or throws? Hell yes!! So does every QB, but Eli’s has more of them mainly because of a poor rushing game for the last six years and aside from last year the defense was setting records every other year in being terrible. Thats why Giants fans freak out when we don’t sign/draft an offensive lineman. We’ve been seeing the same crap for the last 6 years.

  12. My theory is that for their amusement the football gods require a Manning to choke in the playoffs every year, sort of like a court jester. With Peyton retired, Eli no longer has the cover he needs to excel. It is critically important he find another Manning somewhere. Maybe Kaep is up for a name change.

  13. Eli Mae Manning has many flaws, but he will never be the low life that LeBrick James is as that clown stabbed two cities’ fans in the back for pure greed.

  14. I’m a Giants fan and I haven’t missed a game in 40yrs. I’ve never been a big Eli Manning fan. In fact, I think Philip Rivers is a better QB than Eli is, albeit without tẃo Super Bowl rings. But those two Giants teams won on the backs of their defensive line, and two plays that’ll be remembered forever. The David Tyree helmet catch( or as some remember it, the how did Eli not get sacked) play, and what I believe is probably the best throw Eli’s ever made in his life play, The Manningham Catch. Most also don’t remember the two plays that the Patriots didn’t make that would have also changed the outcome. The Assante Samuel missed interception the play before the Tyree catch (ball literally went right between his hands), and the Wes Welker dropped pass from Brady that would’ve sealed the deal in 2011. I guess what I’m trying to say is Eli Manning is not as good or bad as he seems, depending on your opinion, but he’s had his moments.

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